SOURCE: Lehigh Technologies

July 12, 2007 09:00 ET

Study Demonstrates Significant Reduction in Greenhouse Gases by Using Recycled Rubber Powder

On Average, Manufacturers Can Prevent a Pound of Carbon Dioxide From Being Released Into the Atmosphere for Every Pound of Rubber Powder Used

NAPLES, FL--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., one of the country's leading environmental engineering firms, and Lehigh Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of engineered rubber powder, announced today the results of a study to better understand the environmental benefits of using recycled rubber. Malcolm Pirnie recently completed a greenhouse gas inventory and life cycle analysis of Lehigh Technologies and its PolyDyne™ line of engineered rubber powders. The investigation highlights several environmental benefits that today's industrial manufacturers can reap through the use of recycled ultra-fine rubber powder.

The study showed that on average, for every 10 pounds of recycled rubber powder used over synthetic polymers, companies who use Lehigh's rubber powder will prevent 10 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. At the same time, on average they will reduce primary energy consumption by the amount corresponding to a gallon of crude oil. The actual amount of carbon and oil saved will depend on the specific synthetic being replaced.

"As Malcolm Pirnie's analysis clearly shows, substantial environmental benefits can be generated by using Lehigh's rubber powder over petrochemicals," stated Dennis Gormley, Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Technologies. "This includes a substantial reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions generated by industrial users of chemicals derived from petroleum."

These savings are achieved thanks to both a reduction in the amount of new synthetic materials that must be created and through Lehigh's unique manufacturing process, which generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions and requires less electricity than comparable recycling or manufacturing technologies. Companies that incorporate Lehigh's recycled rubber powders into their products are able to significantly reduce their own carbon footprints.

Malcolm Pirnie carried out the study in two phases. In the first phase, it conducted an internal assessment of Lehigh's carbon footprint, analyzing both Lehigh's process and rubber powder. Malcolm Pirnie used this information in the second phase of the study, where it was able to compare Lehigh's recycled rubber powder with virgin petrochemicals, specifically synthetic polymers, and quantify the reduction in greenhouse gases generated by using recycled rubber powder instead of oil-derived chemicals. The study concluded that Lehigh's PolyDyne™ rubber powder helps manufacturers significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption associated with their products.

"At Lehigh, we continue to push the envelope when it comes to producing rubber powder that can dramatically help the environment," said Anthony Cialone, Chief Operating Officer at Lehigh Technologies. "We originally conducted this research to test our own green standards and are happy to discover that we are helping our customers to improve their environmental stewardship at the same time."

For more information on the study, please contact Lehigh Technologies at 239-593-9782 or visit us at www.lehightechnologies.com.

About Lehigh Technologies, Inc.

Lehigh Technologies provides engineered ultra-fine rubber powder that delivers enhanced performance, as well as manufacturing cost savings and environmental benefits, at a price point that is affordable and sustainable for low-to-high volume applications. Unlike crumb rubber recyclers and other suppliers in the past, Lehigh produces engineered performance fillers, modifiers and additives enabling manufacturers across a variety of industries to easily include rubber powder as a strategic ingredient into their manufacturing process without compromising the integrity of their products. Headquartered in Naples, Florida, the company is privately held and backed by major private equity investors. For more information, please visit www.lehightechnologies.com.

About Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

Malcolm Pirnie provides environmental engineering, science and consulting services to over 3,000 public and private sector clients worldwide. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, the company has a staff of over 1,800 engineers, scientists, consultants, designers, architects and technical support personnel in more than 50 offices nationwide. For more information visit www.pirnie.com.

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